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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Fixed Rates.

Stripper harvesters, each £16.

Strippers, each £8.

Metal parts of stripper harvesters and strippers, per lb.,2½d.

Ad Valorem Rates.

Stump jump ploughs, disc cultivators, winnowers, horse and other power, combined corn sheller, husker, and bagger, combined corn shelter and husker, ad valorem, 25 per cent.

Ploughs, other, plough shares, harrows, chaff cutters and horse gear, cultivators other than disc, scarifiers, plough mould boards, com shellers, corn huskers, ad valorem, 20 per cent.

The following goods shall be free of Customs duty : -

Manufactures of metal, viz. : - Hand-worked rakes and ploughs combined, hay tedders, maize harvesters, maize binders, maize planters, mould board plates in the rough and not cut into shape, potato sorters, potato raisers or diggers.

I submit this motion in lieu of the resolution which I moved some time ago, and which embodied the recommendations made by the Tariff Commission upon these particular items. The present proposal differs from the former resolution only in this respect : that it is considered by the Department and by myself much more satisfactory to impose a specific duty upon harvesters and strippers than to levy an ad valorem duty. Honorable members will recollect that in the past a good deal of trouble has been experienced on account of the impossibility of ascertaining the correct ad valorem duty which should be collected upon these goods. Any further trouble in that connexion will be obviated if, upon these two classes of machinery, resort be had to specific duties.

Mr Kelly - At what rate does the specific duty proposed work out?

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